Whats a lumbar puncture like?
Im normally in the TBI area of this site but was advised to post here.
I am having periods of confusion, memory loss and complete blackouts waking up in strange places like a shop floor. The paramedics think I am now suffering TIA's (mini strokes) so wish to take a pressure reading from my spinal fluid.
Having seen a fully grown man scream as he had his done I have said no up until now. I know I will collapse again soon but really want another view of this procedure other than the doctors clinical answers.
So what s it really like?
I have had an epidural before but I had been in labour for 32 hrs so the contractions took over any feelings I may have normally exp with such a procedure.....
I am a 34 yr old female who has played football, as a hobby, for 13 yrs. In July 2012, during a game I was slammed to the floor by two angry guys who hit into me so hard that one of them broke their ribs.
This knocked me back onto hard ground leaving me unconscious. I awoke to chronic head and neck pain, sickness and the inability to see or balance.
The paramedics made me walk to the ambulance, instead of placing me on a spinal board, where I was taken to the ER. I was hospitalised with suspected brain hemorrhage for 1 week, then on complete bed rest for 1 month, in a wheelchair for 2 months.
I have been left with PCS, moderate constant head pain, little short term memory, no memory of the accident, balance and sight problems, depression and exhaustion.
The worst problem is collapsing regularly. This has finally been diagnosed as Hemiplegic Migraines , these cause my brain to regularly shut down when I am tired and I then feel the full effects of a stroke (without the bleed on the brain!!) of which the symptoms last 2-4 days.
I have had 6 CT's, 2 MRI's and am under 3 specialists.
I believe everyday is one more towards improvement. Mainly I believe in the power of acceptance not the weakness of complacency or resignation.